| Mar 13, 2015
| 9:00 AM
At the 1992 Academy Awards, composer Alan Menken was fielding questions in the press room after winning a couple of Oscars for his score for "Aladdin," the animated Disney movie.
"How does it feel to win a Razzie for worst song of the year for 'Newsies'...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 7:14 PM
It's always a delight to encounter the disputatious wit of George Bernard Shaw, a playwright who thought comedy was at its fizzy best when ideas were allowed to collide in the service of public enlightenment. His characters embody divergent ideological...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 5:00 AM
An impassioned, two-hour, open-mike meeting about the future of Los Angeles County's small-theater community Saturday at the Renberg Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood drew an overflow crowd of well over 200 theater folks.
With just one...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 11:00 AM
"I'm actually wondering if I need to put a giant sign in the lobby of the Pasadena Playhouse that says, 'This is not like "My Fair Lady," ' " says Jessica Kubzansky, who is directing a revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" there.
"My Fair Lady,"...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 8:21 AM
"TightWire" opens promisingly. A smoky, sepia-toned stage emerges from the darkness, and we hear the chugging of cleat-clad feet offstage, re-creating the rhythms of an approaching train. Then the dancers appear in a single-file line, led by the...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 9:34 AM
Herding cats: Now there's a skill politicians could use today. Lyndon Baines Johnson, our folksy dictator-president of the '60s, had it by the ton, alternately muscling and charming his victim-cohorts into obedience, passing the legislation he wanted,...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 4:47 PM
Everything changes in this world — values, culture, technology, fashion — but the power of Cinderella seems weirdly impervious to time.
The new live-action Disney film has shown that the demure forest maiden is no shrinking violet at the box...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 5:51 PM
In 1940, during the height of the Battle of Britain, the City of Benares set sail from Liverpool to Canada with some 90 refugee children aboard.
That evacuation, set up by the Children's Overseas Reception Board, was intended to spirit children away...
| Feb 22, 2015
| 5:13 PM
Arthur Miller's "The Price" is an old-fashioned play that takes a fair amount of time to get going, but when it does — midway through the second act — it explodes with the thunderous moral inquiry that has earned the author a place on the Mt....
| Mar 17, 2015
| 4:00 PM
There are plenty of fish in the sea, we console ourselves when loved ones escape our nets. But in Kimber Lee’s new play, “tokyo fish story,” having its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, the truth of this old proverb is in doubt....
| Mar 16, 2015
| 10:30 PM
Small theaters took home top honors at the 46th annual L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards on Monday night at Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale.
The showing by companies such as Theatre @Boston Court and Echo Theater Company comes at a time when Actors...